Nagpur: Around 8 lakh chemists across the country, who are members of the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), will remain shut on May 30 to protest the government’s plan to introduce e-portals for the sale of medicines. The Central Health and Family Welfare Ministry (Drugs Control) wants chemists to upload details of their sales on an e-portal within a stipulated period.
AIOCD has called the move impractical, citing the lack of IT infrastructure across the country. They have also said the proposal would be expensive and would require hard work. The government, in recent months, has spoken of promoting generic medicines as well as trying to take steps to rein in anti-microbial resistance to help keep track of sale of drugs .